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Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Connolly Watch 1.27.04: Accentuate the Negative

The day of the New Hampshire Primary has no Ceci Connolly bylined story in the Washington Post, though she is listed as a contributor to the John F. Harris front-page effort "In New Hampshire, A Testy Primary Eve: Democrats End Campaign With Crossfire."

As the headline suggests, the article focuses on the attacks flying back and forth among the candidates on Monday in New Hampshire. That focus is hard to reconcile, however, with this sentence from paragraph 15: "A generally upbeat day had a persistently testy undertone." If it's only an "undertone" and the general feeling was "upbeat" then why not put more of the positive campaign themes up front in the article?

Remember how last week we were told that the candidates were being nice all of a sudden and not attacking, and now they're attacking each other again? I wonder how much of this is really the case and how much of this is a matter of emphasis by the press.